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Dance Concert to Feature Award-Winning Choreographers

Members of the Providence College Dance Company, as well as special guests, will perform in the College’s Blackfriars Dance Concert, which is sponsored by the Department of Theatre, Dance and Film.

On Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17, PC will host the concert at the Angell Blackfriars Theatre in the Smith Center for the Arts.

Dr. Wendy R. Oliver, professor of dance and chair of the department, leads the company and choreographed for the show. The company has approximately 25 students, and the concert will consist of a variety of dance styles including modern, contemporary, and jazz.

Billbob Brown choreographed a piece for 10 dancers with music composed especially for the performance. He is the artistic director of Chaos Theory Dance, a multimedia company that performs funny dances, videos, and characters often about science, physics, and modern conundrums. He is also a professor in jazz and modern dance, choreography, and dance history at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Brown has created and directed shows at the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival, and choreographed and performed on TV and in award-winning commercials for the Chicago Cubs, Molson Canadian Beer, Disney Studios, and ABC-TV.

Another guest choreographer, Katie McNamara, will contribute to group work. In addition, she will choreograph and perform a solo dance. McNamara has studied East African folk dance in Tanzania and Chinese folk dance and tai chi at the Beijing Dance Academy. Along with Brenda Kunda and Rebecca Sloan, she was a founding member of the Bald Mermaids, a modern dance company based in Philadelphia.

Kimberleigh Holman, co-director of the Luminarium Dance Company in Boston, also will choreograph a dance. She has studied with the Mark Morris Dance Group and with Luigi Faccuito, one of the originators of American theatrical jazz dance in New York City.

Erin McNulty, a recent Boston University graduate and contemporary dancer with KAIROS Dance Theater, also will participate in the dance concert along with Betsy Miller, a freelance choreographer and co-director of New York City-based Propel-her Dance Collective, as well as a special lecturer in dance at Providence College.

Tickets are $13.00 for general admission, $9.00 for seniors, and $5.00 for students.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office in the Smith Center. It is open Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and one hour prior to performances. Tickets are also available over the phon  e at 401-865-2218 or online at  

— Genevieve Marie Ilg ’14

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